church crawling

A History Travel Guide to York

Earlier this year I made the decision to go – by myself – to the BBC History Weekend in York. I cannot stress how far outside my comfort zone this was. I made the decision to travel halfway across the country by myself and really put myself out there in terms of meeting history friends…

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My Top 8 Welsh Churches

Wales is a country full of chapels and churches. Our places of worship are often sited in wild, remote, sacred and utterly beautiful landscapes, much like their Celtic Christian ancestors. Throughout my study of Welsh History at university, it became clear to me that this ‘remoteness’ and being on the periphery of England has resulted in Wales maintaining…

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Pristine Presteigne

Picture the scene – pink roses rambling around the cottage door, local residents on the way to church, timber framed shops lining once-medieval streets. Sounds like the picture postcard perfect English town scene doesn’t it? Only this town is in Wales. Welcome to Presteigne. Presteigne is in modern-day Powys, but literally straddles the England – Wales…

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The Church With The Hidden Treasure – St Anno’s Church, Llananno

If you live in Wales, there is a good chance you have passed this treasure chest of a church and not even realised. On the A483 between Llandrindod Wells and Newtown the small church of Llananno sits in isolation, hidden in a small dip of the valley next to the River Ithon. It has almost been…

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The Crooked Church – St Martin’s Church, Cwmyoy

If you go down to the Black Mountains today, you’re in for a big surprise. Most people will head straight for either imposing Llanthony Priory in its picturesque setting, or the nearby Church of St Issui at Partishow with its famous wall paintings. However, there is a hidden treasure of a church that tops them all…

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